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Under Pallor, Under Shadow: The 1920 American League Pennant Race That Rattled and Rebuilt Baseball Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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Author Felber also relates incidents relative to the eight players involved in the throwing of the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Hatred between White Sox owner Charles Comiskey and American League President Ban Johnson prevented them from working together to untangle the fix, choosing instead to sweep it under the rug. Sportswriters Charles Dryden (Chicago) and James Isaminger (Philadelphia) broke the story in September of the 1920 season leading to the suspension of the seven active players. One of the eight, ringleader Chick Gandil, had retired following the 1919 World Series.Read more ›
Felber's insights into the team and city dynamics make this a very readable history of the era. Also, he has done his homework and catches the social environment on the teams he focuses on so the reader can fully understand what was going on in the locker room as well as the field. The profile of how teams traveled then is simply fascinating. There are three main reasons why I decline to give this book the full five stars. For one thing, after so much talk about Ban Johnson, his replacement by Judge Landis and what became of him really is minimized. Also, there is virtually no mention of the National League. Granted there may not have been the story but it would have been nice to hear about Brooklyn's pennant race. Lastly, the postscript is very limited and some more information would have been welcome.
All-in-all this is a great history of a period in baseball not often explored. I would recommend it to any baseball fan!